Dear Fuji-san, I’d love to see you in person.
I have this monologue, when I was a kid, staring at the old calendar that my late father brought back from the coffee shop. Fuji-san is beautiful, white and beautiful. It brings me to tears, seeing it up close, but Fuji-san was quite shy that day, hiding behind those cloudy clouds.
I took the 11am bus from Shinjuku Station, it was 2-hour journey and I arrived at Kawaguchiko Station, around 1pm. I was supposed to get to the 9am bus, which will allow me plenty of time covering Kawaguchi Lake and Saiko Lake, but I miscalculate the distance from Tawaramachi to Shibuya, and transit to Shinjuku. Also, I spent some time wandering around Asakusa, which I will include in the next post. I arrived three minutes late.
I bought the Retro Bus Pass for bus rides, covering Kawaguchiko and Saiko, which later that day I misplaced it, so I can’t share how it looks like. It can be used for unlimited two days ride. Please keep the pass with you and show it to the driver before you get in and getting out.
I hopped onto the bus a few minutes later. They have few pit stops, ring the bell when you are ready to get off. I choose to go to the last pit stop, Kawaguchiko Shizen Seikatsu-kan (Natural Living Centre), one of the best place to view Mt Fuji. The weather was fine, but the cloud was covering Fuji-san, I took a few shots, from a different angle, pray hard that the clouds will go away, then I gave up.
The Kawaguchiko Herb Festival is held in Yagizaki Park and Oishi Park every year when the parks are filled with lavish and abundant lavender beds. Source from Yamanashi Prefecture
I need to get to the Kawaguchiko Station before 4pm or else I’ll miss the bus again. So, I moved to the second pit stop to view Fuji-san, Kozantei Ubuya. Alhamdulillah, it was better than the earlier pit stop, the cloud gave me a chance to portray Fuji-san. It was a breathtaking view, I put my camera down, enjoying the view and be thankful. I never dreamt to witness this by myself.
Fujikyu Railway Line. How to access Kawaguchiko via train? Follow this link
I reached Shinjuku around 7pm, it’s 3-hour journey going back to Tokyo, I fall asleep, as soon as I got into the bus. I got so tired but it was way too early to go back to the hostel, so I took the train to Meiji-Jingumae Station, exploring Harajuku. If you are using JR pass, you can straight away go to Harajuku Station, Meiji-Jingumae Station is a few minutes walking distance from Harajuku.
A fashion haven for the youngster, well it is more likely Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur, not my cup of tea. Growing older and my fashion sense changed dramatically haha, if I was 18 I will be having a different perspective, I guess. But I did find one or two that I quite like, and a little bit expensive, no, way too expensive.
A short conversation once I get back to Malaysia.
Ichie: why didn’t you take any photos of Harajuku?
Me: because it’s already 7pm, and my iPad run out of battery
Despite of my love hate towards it, I spent few hours in Harajuku before heading back to my hostel. I need to get enough rest for the next day, and mingle with new friends at the hostel.
It’s a mixed feeling. I don’t know is it love, or hate? but I definitely love Fuji-san, since I was five.